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It takes a deft balance between savings discipline, investment knowledge, risk taking, luck, and time to raise a million dollars through investments.

(A) It takes a deft balance between
(B) Deft balancing is needed between
(C) Deftly balanced, it takes
(D) It takes a deft balance of
(E) A deft balance is what one needs among
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New post 27 Sep 2009, 04:04
IMO d coz it clearly tells that the balance has to be made among all the actions to raise money..
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New post 27 Sep 2009, 10:34
Well, first 3 options are not correct, since they contain "between", which can be used only in the case of two things. When it comes choosing from D and E, I prefer D since it is briefer and more compact. So, I say D.
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between D and E, D is brief, so IMO -D, but not sure of 'balance of' is correct?
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New post 27 Sep 2009, 13:54
Why not E?
Don't you think among is needed as there is more than one options here
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New post 27 Sep 2009, 14:48
Hello Guys,

Why not E? Dont we need "AMONG" as there are more than 2 things to select ?

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The only reason I chose D is coz E is too long...but I think among fits better than of
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Noticed two things:
- Verb tense of 'balance' is correct (Balancing? Balanced?)
- Balance 'between' is wrong (between implies two options)

Brings to D & E.
E: "Is what one needs" - is wordy. (And "It takes..." isn't wrong)
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The original sentence says that we need to balance among the following things to raise a million dollars through investments: saving discipline, investment knowledge, etc.


E distorts the original meaning of the sentence. It is effectively saying we need the following things to raise a million dollars through investments: a deft balance, saving discipline, invest....

Hence IMO answer is D.
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Please explain the role of 'It' in D)............Whether it is used as pronoun or not...........if it is then what it is referring to??
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It's D. Between is automatically out. And all the rest are too wordy.
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Answered D.

I think "balance of" is fine, but I see how between/among could be used. Anybody care to discuss?

"It takes a balance of hard work and discipline to do well on the GMAT."
"It takes a balance between hard work and discipline to do well on the GMAT."
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Please explain the role of 'It' in D)............Whether it is used as pronoun or not...........if it is then what it is referring to??


please someone correct me, but my understanding is that "it" is known as the EXPLETIVE it

please google it or go through a grammar book.....if you find any good resources explaining it for GMAT errors please let me know....

I have been looking for some time....
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New post 15 Sep 2010, 17:43
Correct me if my reasoning is wrong:

use between and among if you have to choose between 2 things or 2 or more things respectively.

In this sentence we are not choosing what factors help to raise millions of dollars.

We are listing the different factors that help us. So A,B,E are out.

C is incorrect.

So only option left is D. Plus its concise and clear.
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onedayill wrote:
Correct me if my reasoning is wrong:

use between and among if you have to choose between 2 things or 2 or more things respectively.

In this sentence we are not choosing what factors help to raise millions of dollars.

We are listing the different factors that help us. So A,B,E are out.

C is incorrect.

So only option left is D. Plus its concise and clear.

Can you explain why C is incorrect? I have chosen C between C and D.
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Dear Friends
A and B are out because they use between.
C is out because it has no clear referent.
Between D and E I chose E.
Apart from concission and wordy why is E wrong.Any other reason.

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I went with E because of 'among'
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Hey Guys,

Ick. I really don't like how many times I'm seeing the word "wordy" on this page. Wordiness is ALMOST NEVER a reason to cross anything off on the GMAT. It's an excuse to be lazy with your understanding of either grammar or meaning in the sentence.

It takes a deft balance between savings discipline, investment knowledge, risk taking, luck, and time to raise a million dollars through investments.

(A) It takes a deft balance between
PROBLEM: Can't use "between," because more than 2 things are being balanced.

(B) Deft balancing is needed between
PROBLEM: Same as above.

(C) Deftly balanced, it takes
PROBLEM: This sentence begins with an adverbial modifier "deft balanced," which means it needs to modify a verb. The only verb it can modify is "takes." But that doesn't make any sense. It's not the taking that's balanced, but the various nouns that NEED to be balanced.

(D) It takes a deft balance of
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(E) A deft balance is what one needs among
PROBLEM: The "among" is unclear here. It sounds like the "one" is hanging out PHYSICALLY "among" these various things. As if, when hanging out with savings discipline, investment stuff, etc., one needs to have a deft balance of...something else. That isn't mentioned. It doesn't make any sense.

Hope that helps!

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TommyWallach wrote:
Hey Guys,

Ick. I really don't like how many times I'm seeing the word "wordy" on this page. Wordiness is ALMOST NEVER a reason to cross anything off on the GMAT. It's an excuse to be lazy with your understanding of either grammar or meaning in the sentence.

It takes a deft balance between savings discipline, investment knowledge, risk taking, luck, and time to raise a million dollars through investments.

(A) It takes a deft balance between
PROBLEM: Can't use "between," because more than 2 things are being balanced.

(B) Deft balancing is needed between
PROBLEM: Same as above.

(C) Deftly balanced, it takes
PROBLEM: This sentence begins with an adverbial modifier "deft balanced," which means it needs to modify a verb. The only verb it can modify is "takes." But that doesn't make any sense. It's not the taking that's balanced, but the various nouns that NEED to be balanced.

(D) It takes a deft balance of
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(E) A deft balance is what one needs among
PROBLEM: The "among" is unclear here. It sounds like the "one" is hanging out PHYSICALLY "among" these various things. As if, when hanging out with savings discipline, investment stuff, etc., one needs to have a deft balance of...something else. That isn't mentioned. It doesn't make any sense.

Hope that helps!

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Thanks tommy for the help.
I hadnt thought of eliminating answer E in this way.
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TommyWallach wrote:
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(C) Deftly balanced, it takes
PROBLEM: This sentence begins with an adverbial modifier "deft balanced," which means it needs to modify a verb. The only verb it can modify is "takes." But that doesn't make any sense. It's not the taking that's balanced, but the various nouns that NEED to be balanced.

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Well, then for after your break.
You said:
This sentence begins with an adverbial modifier "deft balanced," - It actually starts with DEFTLY Balanced (and I think you mistyped it) but isn't that a adjectival modifier? E.g "That is a deftly balanced shot to get to his century".
I might be confused but please explain.
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